Every year at this time I made the same vow: This year my holidays will be simple and serene. Which, of course, never happened. But this year I’m approaching things differently.
Balancing holiday stress with meditation
As part of my coursework I put together this Prezi on holiday stress and meditation.
NOTE: A Prezi presentation is a jazzier version of a slide show like PowerPoint. It’s hosted on the the website Prezi.com so you don’t have to download anything. Just click on the link and it will take you right to the presentation.
In Prezi it I discuss a few of the benefits of meditation and walk you through a brief meditation. You can move through it at your own pace. If you try it out, please let me know what you think.
We can’t eliminate stress, but we can manage it
I now expect the holiday season to be manic and even chaotic. I accept that stores will display Christmas decorations before Halloween. I know that some people around me will attempt to stuff as many activities as possible into an already over-stuffed season. And I’m aware that moods can shift quickly and darkly at this time of year, including my own.
This year I plan to take time out every day to meditate, even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day. Will this magically give me the perfect holiday? Of course not. But it will help me hold on to my sanity and my sense of perspective, two things in rare supply in December.
Where can I learn more about the benefits of meditation?
What are your methods for handling holiday stress?